Travis Landreth - Cross Country, Track, and Running Analysis
Travis Eliot Landreth
Remember these two ??? Sanchez
and Powell's epic duel
This page is now dedicated to the
memory of Travis Landreth.
Travis was a "nearly
great" Massachusetts runner from Newburyport, once
nicknamed the "Beast from the East" winning the
NCAA X-country East Regionals. He died
tragically from heart problems during a
run with the Nike Farm team on January 12,2001 in
California . He was an All-American who
ran for UConn (just happens to be my Alma Mater).
Travis is the "epitomy"
of what a high school distance runner should
strive to be. He was very good in
high school - 4:26 mile, 9:30 2 mile, 2:00 800 but
he had to work extremely hard for those times
and was "totally" dedicated. But "extremely hard" was not
good enough for Travis, at the end of his sophomore
year in college
he did "mega" mileage out in Oregon, and
came back to be undefeated in eastern competition
in X-Country that fall. He was a "Prefontaine"
front runner type who took it out from the gun!
Unfortunately, running out fast with the top
Kenyan collegiates in the NCAA finals burnt him
out early and he finished "only" in the
This web page is mostly for male High School distance runners, I
started it when my oldest
son became a "good" high school runner. Coincidentally, he had
the same exact footlocker time as
Travis. Like most good high school runners the increased workload
in college, and the "big fish" to
"small fish" syndrome took its toll and he dropped out of running after
a couple of years.
But Travis kept it up and became a "GREAT RUNNER"!!!
It is hopeful that
the lists and information on this web site inspires other high school runners
to achieve their best !!!
"To give anything less than my best would be to sacrifice the Gift"
- Steve Prefontaine
"..running to him was real .... the way he did it the realest thing
he knew. It was all joy
and woe, hard as diamond; it made him weary beyond comprehension.
But it also
made hime free... "
-- John L. Parker, Once a Runner
I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that the spark
should burn out in a
brilliant blaze that it should be stilled by dry rot. I would rather
be a superb meteor, every
every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time. "
-- Jack London
Please consider the
Travis Landreth Trail run and Scholarship fund
New 2000 Boys Middle
Distance not finished (6-19-00)
1999 Boys Middle Distance
Best Web Track Calculator
does T&F conversions (12-18-99)
A Great assortment
of various US Distance running lists
Where to get more
X-country and Track info
Calculate better splits for the runners in the 1999 Boston Marathon
Mass HS XC Hall of
XC Prediction program
(Deep Blue does XC)
Ivy league XC information
High School XC/Track
Track Calculator & Runpaces are available to download programs
About this Page
I was going to do this project about 4 years ago!
This system someday will fully automatically analyzse XC team data and
races. It will calculate course difficulty factors and use that info to
calculate performaces. It will maintain a database on courses , teams and
runners.... all automatically. Coaches will use PDA's like a Newton to
time and log XC-race data. Each runner will have a tiny "locater" transmitter
which will automatically time the runner as it crosses the finish line.
Additionally, the locater will display the location of all the runners
during the race on a "virtual" course displayed on the PDA. Hence, for
those "off in the woods" courses coaches and spectators will know the runners
postion at all times. After the race, the data will be automatically "sent"
to this web server, update the database, calculate performances, statistics,
and retransmit all the information to other coaches, league reps, ..etc
Top performances weekly will be transmitted to newspapers. ...... for an
additional service fee a remotely controlled small helicopter will video
the race and tranmit live pictures back to the start/finish..... copies
of the race will be available for $29.95.
There were only a handful of coaches that ever sent me data, hence this
project is on "the back burner" until I finish my thesis. Sorry... if there
was overwhelming interest I might do some more work on it .... later ...peh
The system is not quite finished,.... ........ but it is possible that
if you email me some team data I MIGHT do some analysis.
If so here are some of the plots you might get...
These gif plots have been converted from Foxpro for Windows Screen dumps.
If you would like to e-mail me your data.. here's
If you want to know about U.Mass
Please e- mail all comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Some time I stopped logging revisions... to numerous to keep going
3-28-97 1997 Top Boys Middle Distance HS times
1-13-97 dist list updated .. running gods list
12-17-96 Made Track Calculator and Runpaces available for downloading
12-10-96 added info about more XC-Track info on the net
10-17-96 added info about wind and altitude under running models
8-3-96 Track Calculator does Hungarian pts.
6-10-96 National HS middle distance lists
5-22-96 New Mass Track and field State meet records,95 mid dist boys
5-7-96 New Track calc and plotter (Java browsers only)
4-18-96 New T&F searching
4-12-96 more Mass Hall of Fame state meets 93-95
3-22-96 separate calculators simple/advanced.
1-25-96 typing in "logx##" in pf calculator shows plot of last ## entries.
1-16-96 new Purdy-Dec-Heptathalon calculations add 300yd, 600yd,1000yd
events, give purdy pt get time or dist. New V-meter course ratings.
12-27-95 ..various .. footlocker 95, dec/hep points, new links, new course
database coming soon...
9-11-95 ..added world X results, new links & College pages
7-19-95 ..started running prediction/performance model page
6-9-95 ..new stuff to XC results page
6-2-95 ..add list of Div II schools
5-18-95 ..calculate lap and 1k times for pace, add 400m,800m,new server
5-8-95 ..added some info about div III and scholarships
4-6-95 ...html tweaked by Parker
3-27-95 ..starting College XC/Track review page
3-23-95 bug .. entering times in tenths... always enter 2 places after
decimal point e.g. 58.60 for seconds.
3-16-95 Added another Prediction Table based Coe & Martin's book it
has 3 categories.. Long, Dist. and Middle distance type runners
3-9-95 added 1600M, and steeple chase to prediction tables. (if you want
to know how steeple chase is done.. send E-mail, also send E-mail about
Best performances I would like to know how well prediction tables work..
3-3-95 New PF Calculation (predict performance)- added "hundredths" of
a second for more accurate short distance performace. Added more "standard"
distances for track. PF calc also puts out a table of Purdy points &
pace. (make your own tables...capture to a file, print out and bring to
your coach) Thanks to Walt Lange I have discovered a flaw in my XC-course
rating proposal.2-16-95 added running links, future directions
1-30-95 added difficulty ratings for 40 High school courses>
1-26-95 added proposed XC - course difficulty rating system>
1-17-95 added visualizations using Xmdvtool
12-16-94 fixed bug with dates in plotting..should work better
12-15-94 added XC-project status page
12-12-94 You can now calc PF, and Purdy if you don't do forms...
12-8-94 New version calculates Purdy Points as well
11-18-94 First on-line